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Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences—Major Undecided

This tip sheet is to be used ONLY for students who meet all of the following:

  • Intend to transfer within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at ISU.
  • Do NOT intend to complete the AA degree.
  • Are completely undecided on their major.

To take classes for an intended major at Iowa State, please refer to ISU's advising centers, other Hawkeye transfer course equivalencies tip sheets, and Iowa State University's website.

Students transferring to Iowa State University should consult closely with their Hawkeye Community College advisor as well as the ISU Admissions Counselor to ensure that they are completing all of the necessary course requirements.

These requirements are subject to change without notice. Please check with ISU for verification of courses.

Students seeking degrees from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ISU may select from the following majors:

  • Advertising, B.A.
  • Anthropology, B.A., B.S.
  • Biochemistry, B.S.
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, B.S.
  • Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration, B.A.
  • Biology, B.S.
  • Biophysics, B.S.**
  • Chemistry, B.A., B.S.
  • Communication Studies, B.A.
  • Computer Science, B.S.**
  • Earth Science, B.A., B.S.
  • Economics, B.S.
  • English, B.A., B.S.
  • Environmental Science, B.S.
  • Genetics, B.S.
  • Geology, B.S.
  • History, B.A., B.S.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A., B.S.**
  • International Studies*
  • Journalism and Mass Communication, B.S.
  • Linguistics, B.A.
  • Mathematics, B.S.
  • Meteorology, B.S.
  • Music, B.A., B. Mus.
  • Performing Arts, B.A.
  • Philosophy, B.A.
  • Physics, B.S.
  • Political Science, B.A.
  • Psychology, B.A., B.S.
  • Public Relations, B.A.
  • Religious Studies, B.A.
  • Sociology, B.A., B.S.
  • Software Engineering, B.S.
  • Speech Communication, B.A.
  • Statistics, B.S.
  • Technical Communication, B.S.
  • Women’s Studies, B.A., B.S.
  • World Languages and Cultures, B.A. French, German, Spanish

Pre-medical, Pre-law, & Pre-professional health can be completed with any major.

Transfer Requirements

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 on all college-level courses. However, some majors may require a GPA higher than 2.00.
  • Must complete 24 transferable credits prior to enrolling OR meet all admission requirements of incoming freshmen.
  • Students with 60 transferable credits and an AA degree will have met the general education requirements in the LAS College and will have achieved junior standing.

University Requirements

The following courses are University requirements that must be met. Completion of the AA degree does not exempt students from these requirements.

English Proficiency (minimum grade of C- to C+, depending on major)

English Proficiency Course Equivalencies
Hawkeye Courses ISU Courses
ENG-105 Composition I ENG 150 Critical Thinking & Comm.
ENG-106 Composition II ENG 250 Written, Oral, Verbal, & Electr.

U.S. Diversity and International Perspectives Requirements (3 cr. in each area)

Courses can be dual-assigned in General Education areas.

The International Perspective requirement shall be waived for U.S. military veterans who have completed at least three months of service stationed outside the U.S.

Hawkeye Courses—U.S. Diversity (3 cr.)

  • ART-101 Art Appreciation
  • COM-148 Diversity & the Media
  • LIT-133 Minority Voices in U.S. Lit.
  • LIT-189 Women and Literature
  • PSY-261 / SOC-261 Human Sexuality
  • PSY-262 Psychology of Gender
  • SOC-205 Diversity in America
  • SOC-200 Minority Group Relations
  • SOC-220 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC-235 Social Problems
  • WST-101 Women’s Studies

Hawkeye Courses—Int'l Persp. (3 cr.)

  • ANT-105 Cultural Anthropology
  • CLS-130 African Cultures
  • CLS-141 Middle Eastern Hist. & Culture
  • CLS-160 East Asian Cultures
  • CLS-164 Japanese Cultures
  • CLS-172 Russian Culture
  • FLF-245 French II
  • FLS-152 Elementary Spanish II
  • HIS-214 Russian History & Culture
  • HUM-130 Holocaust Perspectives
  • LIT-142 Major British Writers
  • MUS-100 Music Appreciation
  • POL-121 International Relations
  • SOC-208 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
  • SPC-120 Intercultural Communications
  • POL-125 Comparative Gov. & Politics
  • REL-101 Survey of World Religions

Liberal Arts & Sciences College Foreign Language Requirement

Students are required to acquire practical experience in one foreign language. For students whose first language is English. This requirement can be met by having completed three or more years of one foreign language in high school, by completing the second semester of a college-level foreign language course, or by certification in American Sign Language. Alternatively, a test-out examination is offered, as well as accelerated review course options. For students who are native speakers of a language other than English, this requirement is met by passing English 150 and 250 with a C- or better.

Liberal Arts & Sciences College Foreign Language Requirement Course Equivalencies
Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Courses
FLS-151 Spanish I SPAN 101
FLS-152 Spanish II SPAN 102

Liberal Arts & Sciences College General Education Requirements

Students who intend to transfer without an AA degree to the LAS College, and who are completely undecided on a major should follow the transfer plan below.

Arts & Humanities (12cr)

  • ART-101 Art Appreciation
  • ART-203 Art History I
  • ART-204 Art History II
  • BUS-180 Business Ethics
  • CLS-130 African Cultures
  • CLS-141 Middle East History & Culture
  • CLS-150 Lat. Am. History and Culture
  • CLS-160 East Asian Cultures
  • CLS-164 Japanese History and Culture
  • CLS-172 Russian Civilization
  • DRA-107 Theatrical Arts and Society
  • DRA-110 Introduction to Film
  • EDU-235 Children’s Literature
  • HIS-117 Western Civilization I
  • HIS-118 Western Civilization II
  • HIS-119 Western Civilization III
  • HIS-151 U.S. History to 1877
  • HIS-152 U.S. History Since 1877
  • HIS-277 History of Women in the U.S.
  • HIS-201 Iowa History
  • HIS-214 Russian History and Culture
  • HIS-251 U.S. History After 1945
  • HIS-257 African American History
  • LIT-101 Intro to Literature
  • LIT-133 Minority Voices in Literature
  • LIT-142 Major British Writers
  • LIT-189 Women and Literature
  • MUS-100 Music Appreciation
  • MUS-102 Fundamentals of Music
  • PHI-101 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHI-121 Classical/Medieval Philosophy
  • REL-101 Survey of World Religions
  • REL-130 Intro to Religions of the East
  • WST-101 Women’s Studies

Math (3 cr.)

  • BUS-230 Quant Methods Business
  • MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts
  • MAT-156 Statistics
  • MAT-122 College Algebra
  • MAT-134 Trigonometry
  • MAT-210 Calculus I
  • MAT-216 Calculus II
  • MAT-219 Calculus III

Natural Sciences (8cr.)

  • BIO-105 Introductory Biology
  • *BIO-112 General Biology I
  • *BIO-113 General Biology II
  • BIO-150 Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • BIO-151 Nutrition
  • BIO-154 Human Biology
  • BIO-163 Essentials of Anatomy
  • *BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • *BIO-173 Human Anatomy and
  • BIO-185 Microbiology
  • CHM-122 Intro. to General Chemistry
  • CHM-132 Intro. to Organic and
  • CHM-165 General Chemistry I w/ lab
  • CHM-175 General Chemistry II w/ lab
  • CNS-121 Environmental Conservation
  • GEO-131 Physical Geography
  • GEO-132 Physical Geography Lab
  • PHS-142 Principles of Astronomy
  • PHY-162 College Physics I
  • PHY-172 College Physics II
  • PHY-212 Classical Physics I
  • PHY-222 Classical Physics II

* Students are advised to take both classes in the series at Hawkeye.

Social Sciences (9cr.)

  • ANT-105 Cultural Anthropology
  • COM-140 Introduction to Mass Media
  • CRJ-200 Criminology
  • CRJ-201 Juvenile Delinquency
  • ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics
  • GEO-115 Human Geography
  • GEO-121 World Regional Geography
  • HIS-155 American Civilization
  • POL-111 American National Government
  • POL-121 International Relations
  • POL-125 Comp. Government & Politics
  • PSY-111 Introduction to Physiology
  • PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY-241 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY-251 Social Psychology
  • PSY/SOC-261 Human Sexuality
  • PSY-262 Psychology of Gender
  • SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC-115 Social Problems
  • SOC-120 Marriage and Family
  • SOC-135 Death and Dying
  • SOC-195 Urban Studies
  • SOC-200 Minority Group Relations
  • SOC-205 Diversity in America
  • SOC-208 Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC-230 Juvenile Delinquency
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